Today I’m starting off my Pandora Autumn 2014 reviews with an in-depth look at the popular Floral Heart Padlock charm! This charm was one of my day-one purchases from the collection and has quickly become one of the Autumn collection’s iconic pieces – it features the intricate floral motifs that are present in many of the charms, and yet offers a slight twist on that theme which makes it distinctive from the others. The floral patterning is melded with one of Pandora’s popular designs, the heart padlock.
The Floral Heart Padlock has been slightly divisive among collectors. When the stock images first came out, this was instantly a popular design; despite this, when the first live images emerged, some disliked the charm’s execution – expressing concerns about its size and potentially dull-looking oxidised detail. I was also slightly concerned about both of these things, and I went to my local store fully prepared to be disappointed. However, I was actually pleasantly surprised when I saw the charm in person!
It is highly oxidised in its finish, which does give it a darker aesthetic than your typical Pandora silver charm. Despite this, I have found that the light still hits the bright polished outlines of the flowers to create a pretty contrast to the darker detailing, and the overall look isn’t dull or unattractive.
The charm is an openwork, featuring a pretty pattern of flowers and leaves enmeshed together, and looks light and delicate on a bracelet chain. However this does also lead on to one of my only reservations, which is the high price tag on this one. I can appreciate that it features a lot more detail and intricacy than a typical openwork charm, but the jump is still too high, IMO. An openwork in the UK is typically £25 – this one is £40.
Looking at the charm from this angle can make it seem bulky, but in reality it isn’t. Its overall appearance is delicate, and is no bigger than a typical Pandora charm, as you’ll see in the styling pictures below.
The hallmarks are on the side of the charm, with ‘ALE’ written on one side and the ‘S925’ on the other.
However, despite how much I am drawn to the lovely intricacy of this charm’s design, when I came to styling it I found myself a little stumped. I knew how I wanted to use it in my personal collection, which was on my Pandora Rose bracelet. I’m going for a pretty-in-pink-ish feel, and the delicacy of the Floral Heart Padlock fitted very nicely with this and with the floral clips:
I don’t actually have many warm-toned pieces in my collection – I tend to favour purples, blues and, of course, pinks. Consequently the Pandora Rose pieces were the only pieces I had to encapsulate the warmer, honey-hued look that Pandora went for in their pictures – the rose gold is perfect as a representation of golden leaves. However that’s not quite how I have used them in this design, as I love the pinker metal in combination with other pink pieces.
But I was a bit stuck for other ideas. It would look gorgeous utilised in designs based on Pandora’s own stylings, combined with other Autumn 2014 pieces that match it for intricacy, such as the Mystic Florals. I find that, unlike many of Pandora’s designs, it has a certain edge to it – it is not at all cutesy. The flower Pandora charms that I already own don’t really match it for that realistic detail. Consequently, when I was looking for other charms to style with it, I wasn’t really satisfied with many of them.
As a result, I went deliberately for a simple design that worked from that difference in style. The Cherry Blossom and Darling Daisy clips are much simpler in design, as is the pretty butterfly openwork. The darker leather purple bracelet emphasised the darker oxidised detail in the charm, while providing a contrast to the lighter pink and white floral clips.
Additionally I re-visited some of my original ideas for Pandora Spring 2014 stylings; the charm, with its flowers and leaves, also works with its butterfly garden theme. Its delicate floral motif blends perfectly with the gorgeous Butterfly Kisses muranos.
This is one of the Autumn collection’s most distinctive pieces, refreshing a typical floral pattern by combining it with a lovely heart padlock design. It has a level of sophisticated, realistic detail that is unusual for a charm by Pandora; while this did make it hard for me to match with my existing collection, it is a gorgeous design.
The Floral Heart Padlock is $45 USD or £40 in the UK. If you’re in the UK you can purchase it, and the rest of the Pandora Autumn collection, from the fab John Greed Jewellery. Their pages for each charm have a ‘Spin me’ feature that’s great for giving a 360 degree look at each individual piece from the release, too.
Are you fan of this charm? If you have it, what pieces have you styled it with?